It’s been a difficult month for Amendment 69 supporters. The November ballot issue would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system, and Colorado would act as guinea pig for the rest of the United States. But even progressive groups expected by many to support such a system have recently turned against it, concerned about […]
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(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has […]
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The proposed 2017 city budget makes interesting reading — all 639 pages of it. Most of it is dry and predictable, but some sections stand out because they illustrate budget tendencies or anomalies that deserve examination. Here are five takeaways from this year’s proposed budget for Colorado Springs. CITY DEBT In an era when many […]
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During his second State of the City address as mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers spoke at The Broadmoor hotel on Sept. 8 about the city’s progress and potential — painting an optimistic picture of health and prosperity. “A year ago, in my first State of the City address, I reported that the state of […]
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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead […]
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Colorado’s already-strained infrastructure could be further tested, as some experts expect the state’s population to grow from 5.4 million to 8 million in the next 20 years. Most of the influx will likely be along the Front Range, and growth projections mean transportation and stormwater entities have started addressing shortcomings today to meet tomorrow’s demands. […]
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Currently, for a citizen-initiated amendment to be placed on the ballot to change Colorado’s constitution, an individual or group must collect about 98,492 voter signatures and receive more than 50 percent of the vote. Some people want to change that. One of the major issues examined during 2015 bipartisan discussions across the state — known […]
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After six years and more than $600,000 spent in a public-private partnership, the coalition that hired El Paso County’s first lobbyist is pleased with its investment. The group of 13 (10 members started the program in 2010 and paid $10,000 each to hire the lobbyist; the number is now 13 members) private businesses, nonprofits and […]
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Financial planners at odds over implications for the retirement services industry Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered the review (and subsequent delay) of a Department of Labor investment-advice rule that would require financial advisers to act in the best interests of clients seeking retirement services, requiring them to disclose any conflicts of interest or fees […]
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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body. […]
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Those of us who attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting, or watched it on TV, learned one thing: Council is mad, mad, mad! In fact, they’re MAD  AS  HELL, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Who are they mad at? Our honorable Mayor Steve Bach, whom they characterize as contemptuous, dismissive and unyielding when […]
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Attorneys representing clients in the courtroom are guided by a simple set of rules: If the facts are with you, pound the facts; If the law is with you, pound the law; If neither the facts nor the law support your client, pound the table! The city’s response to the third-party analysis of the administration’s […]
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